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Pizza, alcohol and gambling will be available at a longtime vacant Bloomington lot in the near future.

Vacant lot for new pizza restaurant
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Bloomington could be promising a gaming license for a planned pizzeria, provided it opens on schedule.

Homes in Dimmitt's Grove neighborhood
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Residents of Bloomington’s oldest neighborhood have taken several steps to embrace its history and diversity in a plan that city officials hope will be a model for other neighborhoods to follow.

Olivia Butts
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A leader with the local Black Lives Matter chapter is urging the Bloomington City Council to allow cannabis sales as a form of reparations for the drug war’s injustices against people of color.

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Thanks to expected modest economic growth, the City of Bloomington will hold property taxes steady again next year.

Bloomington City Council chambers
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The City of Bloomington plans to hold the line on property taxes next year, assuming the city sees modest economic growth.

Julie Emig
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A Bloomington council member who served on the Cannabis Task Force says she’ll support allowing sales in her city—but so-called “cannabis cafes” may be a bridge too far.

Council meeting
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The legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis remains such a hot-button issue that even a procedural step generated plenty of discussion at Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting.

Vacant warehouse, 216 E. Grove St., Bloomington
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The City of Bloomington is expected to formally bring zoning into its marijuana conversation on Monday night.

Bloomington cannabis task force
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Bloomington City Council members on Monday said the city should consider how it might regulate marijuana dispensaries through zoning as the council decides whether it will allow such businesses when recreational cannabis sales become legal in January.

Eric's Too Restaurant
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The Bloomington City Council voted Monday to send a west side restaurant’s request for a beer garden back to the liquor commission.

Eric's Too Restaurant
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A west Bloomington restaurant is getting pushback over plans to add a beer garden.

big room with seated people and display screens.
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The new head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council promised regular updates on development efforts during a joint Bloomington City Council, Normal Town Council, and McLean County Board meeting Monday night.

Donna Boelen
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One of the members appointed to Bloomington’s newly formed task force on legalized recreational marijuana sees an opportunity for the city to get input from the business, health and law enforcement communities.

Carrillo and Emig
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner has named two police officers, two downtown business owners, an addiction specialist and five other community members to a new cannabis task force that the city council will consider on Monday.

Lynn Cannon speaking at Bloomington City Council
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner told city council members on Monday he plans to have a list of members he’s seeking to appoint to a cannabis task force for approval next week.

State Farm downtown
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The Historic Preservation Commission had been set to hold hearings on two historic landmark nominations for the downtown building State Farm is offloading.

But Mayor Tari Renner said those won’t be needed.

Renner, Joni, and Jenn
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Despite some members voicing concerns it might slow the process, the Bloomington City Council on Monday approved a request to establish a task force in preparation for next year’s legalization of recreational marijuana use.

Bloomington City Council chambers
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The Bloomington City Council will consider creating a task force to figure how it will handle recreational marijuana use when it becomes legal Jan. 1.

Jamie Mathy and Donna Boelen
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Bloomington plans to start taking applications for video gambling licenses in mid-September, after agreeing to lift a moratorium that was intended to curtail an explosion of gambling in the city.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington city staff believes it's come up with a plan to expand video gambling that will meet city council approval.

Tom Hubbard
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Bloomington City Council members support lifting the city's moratorium on video gambling licenses and want to start the discussion about how it will handle legalized marijuana, though members disagree about how best to gather input.

Hooters exterior
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The Bloomington Liquor Commission approved three new liquor licenses Tuesday, including a tavern license for a restaurant going into the former Hooters location on Hershey Road.

Sunnyside Park
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Fifteen months after first coming before the Bloomington City Council, the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal may finally be getting its new land on the city’s west side.

Joni Painter and Tari Renner
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Bloomington City Council members on Monday rejected two of Mayor Tari Renner’s appointments to the city’s transportation commission, amid claims the city should try harder to place applicants on the boards they requested to serve.

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The City of Bloomington updated its online municipal code to be more accessible to residents.

Mitsubishi Motorway sign
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Bloomington city staff expects a vote on a proposed highway name change to be a formality, even though it sparked debate in Normal last month.

State Farm listening session
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Bloomington residents remain divided over what role the city should play in trying to save State Farm's downtown former headquarters that the company plans to demolish.

That's according to feedback Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo said she has received during two listening sessions and community surveys over the last week.

Gleason chats with a woman
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said he's proud of the work he and the city council has accomplished in his first year on the job.

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A candidate for Bloomington’s police chief position says he was treated unfairly when the city mishandled his application. The city says the accident did not place him at any disadvantage.

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